KEY POINTS

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go BIrding -

1 En­joy the scenic sur­round­ings at Elm­ley Cas­tle and fol­low Hill Lane up­hill. House Martins, Swal­lows, Bullfinch, Green­finch and Col­lared Doves will be seen in sum­mer months. The sur­round­ing vil­lages of the hill still hold good num­bers of breed­ing Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers. 2 Hill­sides hold Green Wood­peck­ers, Buz­zard, Spar­rowhawk, (in­creas­ing chance of Red Kite) and corvids. Wood­lands hold Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Chif­fchaff, Wil­low War­bler, Pheas­ant and Marsh Tit. 3 The more open scrub holds Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Tree Pipit (which breed), Meadow Pipit, with a chance of pas­sage Whin­chat and one or two Stonechat dur­ing au­tumn. Plus, Short-eared Owls.

4 Near the sum­mit, a few pairs of Yel­lowham­mer breed, to­gether with Lin­net and Meadow Pipit. Ravens fly over­head. Ring Ouzels pass through dur­ing spring and au­tumn mi­gra­tions. Wheatears in­habit the short cropped grass ar­eas with the Greenland race birds dur­ing spring. Both Snow and La­p­land Buntings have been seen on oc­ca­sions, while a pas­sage Black Red­start may also be en­coun­tered, so keep a look out.

5 Sur­round­ing fields of­fer Sky Lark while suit­able habi­tat to the east has turned up Dotterel.

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